Bead Society Orange County

Carol Perrenoud, owner of beadcats.com

Saturday August 25, 2018 - 11AM - Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Carol Perrenoud is a bead artist teacher and entrepreneur her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in many beadwork books since 1989 she has penned articles for Bead and Button and Beadwork magazines has authored 4 instructional beadwork videos with Victorian Video Productions - Bead weaving Peyote Stitch, Bead Crochet,  Bead Embroidery, and Bead Weaving Herringbone Stitch. She has received the Excellence in Bead Artistry Award along with Virginia Blakelock from Bead and Button in 2002. 

About the Presentation "The History & Manufacture of the Hand Sewing Needle"
Many of our hand crafts are reliant upon the lowly hand sewing needle.  Carol will take you through the history in how needles were originally handmade, then will take you on a guided visual tour of the needle making factory in England and amaze you with many steps of production in making the lowly "I can't live without it" needle. Why do they break? Why do they bend? What is a Glovers needle and why are they so expensive? What is the difference between needles made in England and needles made in India? How long have metal needles been around historically and culturally what is their significance? And for goodness sake, I just want to be able to thread the darn thing! 

Carol will also show images of her work and will end the talk with the short, "Going to Bead Camp"


The Bead Society of Orange County provides a beaders paradise for networking, workshops and the exchange of ideas along with opportunities to create, present and sell handmade artisan work. The Bead Society of Orange County is an affiliate of the Bowers Museum and as such, provides monetary support through proceeds from the annual Art of Adorning Bead Bazaar, the collection of dues and donations.